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Forget-Me-Not Review

Pac-Man Championship Edition proved that there’s still life in the pellet eating, maze navigating genre, and Forget-Me-Not manages to squeeze even more out of the classic formula. It blends elements of Pac-Man and rougelike RPGs, and throws in a few new twists to create an incredibly addictive, unique, retro-style arcade experience. (more…)

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Combat Arms: Zombies Review

When in doubt, just add zombies. That seems to be the thinking behind Combat Arms: Zombies, an arena-based survival shooter where the undead feel more than a little tacked-on. It’s a simple first-person shooter with solid visuals and lots of weapons and gear to unlock, but the lack of level variety and focus on grinding for cash make it more dull than you’d expect from a game where you’re fighting just to stay alive. (more…)

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Lunar Racer Review

Lunar Racer is a fairly standard 2D side-scrolling racer, but with one important addition: gravity. Or rather, the lack thereof. This game has you racing across moons throughout the galaxy, and as such you’ll have to deal with the fact that your car can fly through the air in ways that would be impossible on Earth. It’s not a huge change, but it’s enough to make Lunar Racer into a fun and addictive little game instead of just another 2D racer. (more…)

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Terra Noctis Review

Terra Noctis might just be the best attempt yet to create a Super Mario-style game for iOS devices. Sure, it doesn’t star a portly plumber, but a cuddly little nightmare named Allen manages to fill in his platforming shoes admirably. In the instances when Terra Noctis is clearly influenced by Nintendo’s seminal platforming series it’s a joy. It’s only when it tries to do something new that it loses some of its shine. (more…)

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The Price Is Right Decades Review

It may not have a virtual Bob Barker, but The Price is Right Decades offers up just the right amount of nostalgic fun for fans of the show. You get to do everything you imagined while watching the game show from your couch– play some plinko, guess the price of dining room sets, and, of course, spin the big wheel– but you can do so in way that’s quick and convenient and quite well suited to the iPhone. (more…)

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Box Cat Review

Box Cat is sort of like the anti-Frogger. Instead of playing as a frog attempting to avoid being squished by cars, you play as a near invincible cat who just wants to smash every car in sight. It’s simple, deliciously retro, and at times hard to put down. There’s not a lot of depth to Box Cat but there’s certainly a lot of fun. (more…)

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Wizard Ops Review

Wizard Ops is a fun little shooter starring a wizard with army training. The action is frantic, the upgrades are plentiful, and the controls are simple but fun. Problem is, the game is over as soon as you start to get into it. Coupled with some performance issues, the short length makes Wizard Ops a game in need of a few updates before it can get an enthusiastic thumbs-up. (more…)

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Rocket Riot Review

Rocket Riot is a crazy game. It’s an over-the-top shooter with destructible environments and tiny little men who are actually rockets wielding cannons. It’s a fun, and often challenging experience, marred slightly by overly loose controls and occasionally frustrating visual effects. Thankfully this isn’t a game where precision is necessary. (more…)

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Oscura Review

Everything in Oscura wants to kill you. Whether it’s the terrifying dark creatures roaming about, the spinning wheels just aching to squish you, or the frequent pits of glowing red spikes, there are many ways to die in Oscura. And die you will. A lot. Oscura is an incredibly challenging platformer that’s only really hampered by its current short length. (more…)

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Riptide GP Review

Riptide GP would be particularly impressive if the Aqua Moto series didn’t already exist. Like those games, it features graphically rich water-based racing action. It both looks and controls great, but unlike its competition the sense of progression and options are much more limited in Riptide GP. (more…)

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Robo5 Review

There are a lot of puzzle games in the App Store, but very few that begin with a Nietzsche quote. From the opening moments you can tell that Robo5 has somewhat loftier ambitions than simply being the next Angry Birds. And while those ambitions aren’t exactly met, Robo5 is still a highly enjoyable and consistently challenging puzzle game. (more…)

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Super Crossfire Review

The Xbox Live Indie Games channel isn’t exactly known for consistent high quality releases. There are great games on the service, but there’s even more junk. The radiangames series is one of the few reliable sources of excellence on XBLIG, and now the developer has brought the same brand of retro inspired shooters to iOS with Super Crossfire. And the winning steak continues. (more…)

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Jane’s Hotel 2: Family Hero Full Review

There’s a reason that, in spite of their somewhat lame themes, games like Diner Dash and Jane’s Hotel still manage to be so popular: they’re fun. The core time management gameplay is fast and entertaining, and Jane’s Hotel 2: Family Hero Full doesn’t do much to interfere with that. Aside from the strange way it’s structured, this is a game that will definitely please time management fans. (more…)

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Roll in the Hole Review

We’re reaching a breaking point here people. Seriously, just how many cute physics-based puzzle games can the App Store take? It’s getting to be a bit much. But the developers behind Roll in the Hole are hoping there’s room for at least more. And while the game is certainly cute and somewhat fun, it does little to justify its existence in this terribly overcrowded market. (more…)

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Dragon Fantasy Review

There’s a pretty good chance that Dragon Fantasy has just about the most generic name of any RPG. But at least the title gives you a good idea of what to expect. Dragon Fantasy is unabashedly influenced by the 8 and 16-bit Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy games, not only with its retro-style presentation, but its gameplay as well. It’s not perfect, and the controls definitely could use some work, but it’s an enjoyable, nostalgia-filled experience that’s brought to life with some clever and funny writing. (more…)

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NFL Rivals Review

One of the great things about the Backbreaker Football games is that you don’t have to be a fan of the sport to enjoy them; they’re simply great arcade games. NFL Rivals offers up pretty much the exact same experience, only this time it’s clearly geared towards die-hard NFL fans, not only due to the license, but also in the ways that the license is integrated into the game. (more…)

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DrawRace 2 Review

DrawRace 2 does what every great sequel should: it maintains the best aspects of the original, while simultaneously improving it in virtually every way. DrawRace 2 features more content than the first game, it looks better, and the gameplay is more engaging. You’ll still be drawing out routes in high-speed races, but this time there’s a whole lot more of it to do. (more…)

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Frogger Decades Review

Just like Pac-Man, Frogger is a game that’s been remade and rebooted countless times. There have been sequels and spin-offs, but few that match the simple joy of the original. Frogger Decades is an attempt to celebrate the game’s 30th anniversary, and it does so surprisingly well. Decades takes what was great about the original and expands on it, making for a much more substantial experience. (more…)

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Red Nova Review

Space themed shooters are quite possibly the most ubiquitous type of iOS game. There’s just so damn many of them. Obviously, this makes it difficult to make a new game stand out. Red Nova attempts to make a name for itself with an interesting control scheme that tweaks the traditional twin-stick formula quite a bit. It doesn’t always work that well, but it at least makes Red Nova worth consideration for shooter fans. (more…)

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Deo Review

No matter how angry those birds might be, they’re still pretty darn cute. Most iOS puzzle games are, in fact. But Deo isn’t. It’s an atmospheric game with haunting music and dark visuals, but it still retains the same style of play that’s become so popular on the iPhone, with addictive, yet occasionally frustrating, puzzle platforming play. (more…)

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Glass Tower 3 Review

Glass Tower 3 feels less like a sequel, and more like a refinement of a solid puzzle formula. The core gameplay remains the same as always, tasking players with eliminating certain blocks from a teetering glass tower while saving others. But the addition of slick, Retina display graphics and the removal of excessive in-app purchases make this the best version yet. (more…)

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